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Chris_B Forums etiquette: give support to receive support
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Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newb... View more

Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newbies are welcomed when they first post, and we understand that it’s a big step to post for the first time on a forum like this, especially if you aren’t feeling great. It’s important to remember, though, that these forums are a community of real people, just like you, not a one-on-one support environment like going to see your psychologist. To get the best out of being here, one of the best tips we can offer is give support to receive support. Being a good community member means: participating in different threads (not just your own), replying to people who have taken the time to reply to you (even if it’s just to say thank you), and... posting words of emotional support and encouragement when you see others who are hurting and reaching out. You don’t have to feel obliged to solve the problems of others: that’s not what we’re here for. But you can offer empathy and what you’ve learned from your own life experiences, even if it’s just a line or two, eg. “I don't know what to say, but I want to give you my support and tell you I care about what is happening to you and hope life will get better soon.” Try to develop an interest in the journeys of others here on the forums. You may be surprised at how good being an active, caring member here can make you feel. For those of you who have had good experiences giving support here on the forums, please post in this thread here and let us know how it has helped you on your journey.

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Leslie Started all over again..
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So I have had experience with severe anxiety in the past, to the point where I can't eat, can't sleep and literally can't sit still. I have gotten through it in the past after basically just waiting it out and I thought I had overcome it. Something h... View more

So I have had experience with severe anxiety in the past, to the point where I can't eat, can't sleep and literally can't sit still. I have gotten through it in the past after basically just waiting it out and I thought I had overcome it. Something has triggered my anxiety again yesterday and I am struggling to pinpoint why. I feel like I can come up with lots of 'this could be why' explanations or maybe it's all of the things. My main symptoms is a sick churning feeling in my stomach. Sometimes it is constant but at the moment it is on and off. It stops when I am distracted by something but as soon as I let my mind think again it comes strait back. I can barely eat, I am force feeding myself just so my stomach doesn't hurt from lack of food but I have zero appetite. I wake up every day feeling nauseated for as long as I can remember, I honestly feel awful on waking but I'm not sure why. I am so tired and groggy from constant worry but I can hardly sleep. When I do fall asleep I wake up in the early hours worrying and heart pounding. I have a beautiful partner but they don't know how to help and it is not up to them anyway. I think I am stressing about my work but my work isn't THAT stressful so I think it's my personality mostly. I have tried all the techniques but I just feel like it's a case of riding it out again which sucks because I don't know how long it will be pure torture for. I hate myself for being this way, my life is not otherwise uncomfortable. I can't predict when this will happen which makes it more devastating when it does. Why can't I just get peace? It's my brain that's broken so why can't my brain fix it?

Lilacbeetle I don't know if I should quit my job
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Work place gossip is getting on top of me right now. I'm currently struggling with a lot of things in my personal life and I've still been doing my job but I haven't been as motivated and I have had to take days off. I know taking time off can cause ... View more

Work place gossip is getting on top of me right now. I'm currently struggling with a lot of things in my personal life and I've still been doing my job but I haven't been as motivated and I have had to take days off. I know taking time off can cause coworkers to respect me less but i can't handle work when I'm having panic attacks or need to sort out appointments and my living situation. There are lots of office politics and I'm a supervisor at work and I've had another co-worker tell me things bosses have said about me that they're trying to "catch me out" and they dont want to critise me incase it effects my mental health. I also worry this co-worker is repeating things I say to the boss as well and she has bragged about being the bosses "spy" and I thought I was friends with this person. The bosses talking about me like that has lead to other issues with undermining and talking about other staff members and calling them useless. I tried to talk to my boss about it but I don't think they handled it very well and said my coworker is "getting too big for their boots" and immediately brought them into the office after, i wasnt trying to start drama i wanted to know how to handle the situation and stop any bullying of other team members. She tried to blame shift onto another manager though and she either is in the dark or pretends to be. Every aspect of my life is crumbling right now and my mental health is suffering. I don't want to quit my job if it's just paranoia. I try my best to focus on my work and avoid drama but it got the best of me and my confidence is gone. I want to talk to the boss about taking time off but I know that's going to cause more gossip. I have wanted a new job for a long time but if I leave I know they will be short staffed and pissed off. I know I'm not the type of co-worker people might want to be around because of my anxiety. They have done a lot for me but I don't feel like I can keep working like this and I don't want to be that person that is just complaining and worrying all the time. This is my first good job and I've been there 3 years with no issues like this until recently. I really struggle with social interactions and the boss said they trust me and I'm important to them but then they're possibly talking about me behind my back. Rather than talking to me they'll probably cut my shifts for a while. Has anyone else's stress and anxiety caused them to quit a job? Is this normal workplace gossip or potentionally toxic?

NAM3-- Sooo I went to the doctor today...
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And got diagnosed with severe anxiety. I didn't know it was this bad. Like, obviously I knew it was bad....but severe?? I should add that I've has anxiety for a while just as a general handbrake on my life. But now it's...yea. It was, I suppose the f... View more

And got diagnosed with severe anxiety. I didn't know it was this bad. Like, obviously I knew it was bad....but severe?? I should add that I've has anxiety for a while just as a general handbrake on my life. But now it's...yea. It was, I suppose the first time I was truly honest with what was happening. The doctor I had was great too, it wasn't a tick and flick exercise for her - I felt truly listened too. How the hell did I get here? I look after myself, sleep, eat, volunteer, work etc I don't know what more I can do. I can't change my past.

Ellyn Anxiety Medication Symptoms
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Hi. My daughter suffers from bad night sweats as a symptom of taking Anxiety medication. They appear to be hormonal as they occur when she is either ovulating or menstruating. I'm wondering if anyone else suffers from this symptom and if so, do they ... View more

Hi. My daughter suffers from bad night sweats as a symptom of taking Anxiety medication. They appear to be hormonal as they occur when she is either ovulating or menstruating. I'm wondering if anyone else suffers from this symptom and if so, do they have any tips or remedies to ease these? It seems unreal for her to have to deal with this, for a week at a time, every month - broken sleeps and having to change her bedding during the night, every night, during those weeks. TIA

RJ_D Anxiety
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Hi guys, it’s already a month, the company dismissed me. It is unfair because they can't reprimand one of our co-workers. My co-worker is my senior, I thought he would help me to learn but he is bothering me even more in my work. I was being yelled a... View more

Hi guys, it’s already a month, the company dismissed me. It is unfair because they can't reprimand one of our co-workers. My co-worker is my senior, I thought he would help me to learn but he is bothering me even more in my work. I was being yelled at, all my output was wrong as if I was stupid, and I also questioned myself. I can't sleep well, I can't eat, I don't feel hungry, I just lie down all day, I try to get up but my body doesn't want to. I have lost weight, I don't even know how to start.I have also been told by people about what is happening to me, that I thought they would understand me, in fact they judged me more.My heart hurts so much, I can't stop crying, I feel useless. how do I start getting up again?

Mahraja1979 Parenting
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Hey GuysI am a single parent who is struggling to get my son interested in his school work. In a recent parent teacher interview, his teachers told me he is a polite child but is not interested in his studies. The teachers told me that he shows no in... View more

Hey GuysI am a single parent who is struggling to get my son interested in his school work. In a recent parent teacher interview, his teachers told me he is a polite child but is not interested in his studies. The teachers told me that he shows no interest in his subjects. Not sure what to do. I spoke to him and he promises that he will do better. I find it hard as he has been promising me this for last few years. I don’t know how to get him interested in his subject.

Lil_fitz Natural supplements for anxiety
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Hi all! I’m a newbie here and I am just wondering whether anyone has tried supplements or natural medicines to treat anxiety? And if so, any recommendations? im a little apprehensive to take prescription medication for anxiety but I think I am gettin... View more

Hi all! I’m a newbie here and I am just wondering whether anyone has tried supplements or natural medicines to treat anxiety? And if so, any recommendations? im a little apprehensive to take prescription medication for anxiety but I think I am getting to the point where I think I need too. thank you.

Beyond348 Hit a brick wall
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Hello all, I previously posted here a couple of months ago about my current situation. Since then, I have had a few days where I have been good and have been able to manage my anxiety, but as of late, I have been struggling to get out of the dreaded ... View more

Hello all, I previously posted here a couple of months ago about my current situation. Since then, I have had a few days where I have been good and have been able to manage my anxiety, but as of late, I have been struggling to get out of the dreaded dark hole of "doctor google or doctor youtube" and I have self-diagnosed myself with something drastic because my doctor "missed something". There have been times when I would journal but have found it difficult to make journalling a routine to write something good about that day - if that makes sense. I kinda am the person that I would be a listening ear for someone during their hard times, but when it comes to myself, i tend to flick it under the rug and go about my life. I have hit a brick wall.

Guest_21690352 Anxiety Techniques
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Hi all, I am a young person who has had anxiety for over 10 years. I know the techniques to use - breathing, meditation, distraction etc, but have never put in the time to practice these things so when things do hit the fan (like right now!) I am a j... View more

Hi all, I am a young person who has had anxiety for over 10 years. I know the techniques to use - breathing, meditation, distraction etc, but have never put in the time to practice these things so when things do hit the fan (like right now!) I am a jittery mess. I need advice on getting myself motivated to get back on track to do normal things like work and see friends. I don't want to live my live being controlled by my own silly thoughts anymore.

CMF Dear Anxiety
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At times I tell my anxiety to stop, go away, leave me alone. I thought it might be good to put it into a post. Feel free to write your own letter. Dear anxiety,I've has enough of you & you need to leave. I am a strong, confident, positive person & yo... View more

At times I tell my anxiety to stop, go away, leave me alone. I thought it might be good to put it into a post. Feel free to write your own letter. Dear anxiety,I've has enough of you & you need to leave. I am a strong, confident, positive person & you come in & try to take it away. You always pounce when I'm a little vulnerable & you just keep pick, pick, picking at me until my thoughts go round in circles. Well, you won't win. I know your game & I'm not playing.Go back into your little hole, you won't get the better of me Cmf